With 125 full-page color reproductions and 70 illustrations, this handsome book celebrates the artistic achievement of two of America’s most significant pioneers in contemporary craft, Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale. Essential to their legacy in their respective fields of fiber and wood, their work reflects a reverence for materials from nature. Stocksdale’s lathe-turned works reveal a dazzling array of rare woods, while the succession of forms in Sekimachi’s multiple-layered weavings and ethereal vessels are comprised of hornet’s nests, translucent skeletal leaves, simple grasses, found corals, natural flax, and linen.
This publication charts the couple’s artistic developments within their creative lives, including formative experiences in the unexpected setting of incarceration during World War II. In the publication essays, John C. Lavine, Melissa Leventon, and Mingei International Museum guest curator Signe Mayfield have contributed insightful observations and fresh perspectives on over 50 years of work by these two icons in their fields.